Should I accept requests on LinkedIn from people I don’t know?

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I keep getting requests on LinkedIn from people I don’t know. Should I accept them anyway? Is there an advantage to looking like you have loads of contacts, even though I have no idea who they are?

LinkedIn is a sanctuary from the high school TikTok social-media self-absorbed popularity contest craze. If you want to amass friends then go to Facebook, but if y’all start ruining it, people, I am going to start trolling you. Just sayin’! No one is judging you based on how many connections you have or how many likes you receive on a post. It’s a business platform for connecting with other professionals that you want to have in your network because you think it will be beneficial to you and/or them professionally. Many people on LinkedIn are also trying to conduct business, so you may get hit up for people trying to sell you something, which is fine but only if you accept it. So there are no hard feelings if you ignore or decline someone’s request. Just be polite. There’s no flaming on LinkedIn and no social coliseum of canceling people.

I applied for a job I really want and got through two interviews. That was a month ago and I fear I’m being ghosted. Should I give up, or say something? And if so, what?

I hate to tell you, my friend, but if you haven’t heard anything in a month there is a good chance that you have been ghosted. That’s totally unprofessional, but it happens. My question is, why have you waited that long to follow up? When you’re in the recruiting process with a firm, you should ask about the timeline and expectations of timing for next steps, and if you don’t hear anything within that time frame you should follow up expressing your continued interest and inquiring about when you will hear back about the status of your candidacy. If you still don’t get a response and a month goes by, chances are you have been passed over. On the bright side, you probably don’t want to work for a company that treats candidates in that way, anyway.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive and is dedicated to helping New Yorkers get back to work. E-mail your questions to [email protected] Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande and at GoToGreg.com.

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